165% increase in rough sleeping since 2010 'should shame us all' says CIH
Figures released today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have revealed that the total number of people counted or estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in England in Autumn 2018 was 4,677 - down two per cent compared with 2017 but up 165 per cent since 2010.
Chartered Institute of Housing deputy chief executive Gavin Smart said: “It is frankly unacceptable that thousands of people are being forced to sleep on our streets – and the fact that this number has soared by 165 per cent since 2010 should shame us all.
"These statistics are a stark reminder of the suffering at the very sharpest end of our national housing crisis. And we must remember that they are partly based on estimates, so the true figure could be even higher.
"We must take action now. The government’s rough sleeping strategy rightly recognises this and aims to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027 – this is achievable, but only with the right level of investment and all of us pulling out all the stops to end homelessness.
"We believe that a chronic shortage of affordable homes combined with the welfare reforms introduced since 2012 has created a toxic mix. To truly get to the root of the problem, the government must invest in more genuinely affordable housing as well as reviewing the impact of welfare reforms like the benefit cap, universal credit and the housing benefit freeze for private renters."